Category: Celebrity Names
If you want to give your baby a name that transcends this decade, make sure it doesn’t start with Ad-, end with –ley, contain the letter x, or honor a star who suffered a tragic death.
That’s what we found when we analyzed the Social Security baby names data of 2016 versus 2006 and identified which names have exploded in use over the past ten years and how those combine to create the major baby name trends of the decade.
Juniper and Jayceon, according to our research, may well prove as emblematic of these times as Jennifer and Jason were of the 1970s. The 40 names that have increased the most in usage over the past ten years – which also include Adalynn and Brantley, Monroe and Hendrix – may sound fresh and stylish now, but are likely to become the Brittany and Brian of the future.
Here, our statistical analysis of the dominant baby name trends of the decade and the hot baby names that influenced them.
I’m delighted to be reporting on name-related stories in the news each week – and what a day to start!
Many name-lovers only have one thing on their minds right now: the USA’s official 2016 baby name statistics are due to be released tomorrow.
Whether you’re looking for name inspiration, want to check how your favorite names are doing, or just want to get into the nitty-gritty of the data, there will be lots to discover. For example, you might be wondering:
–Did these hot names rise as predicted?
–Did any of 2016’s celebrity babies influence parents?
While we wait for tomorrow, here are some other name stories in the news right now.
We know that celebrities of the past and present inspire popular baby names, from Audrey (Hepburn) and Ava (Gardner) to (John) Lennon and (Jimi) Hendrix. And sometimes it’s celebrities themselves who choose famous names for their children, with actors and musicians paying homage to legendary stars with their name choices.
Our report on this trend from a few years back highlighted picks like Mariah Carey’s Monroe and guitarist Slash’s Cash. Those names remain in the headlines, but now there’s a whole new class of celebrity baby names honoring iconic stars that came before them. By Abby Sandel
By Linda Rosenkrantz
The dictionary and the thesaurus have invaded the baby name universe big time, especially if you include all the nature and color and virtue names. Journey and Genesis, Forest and Faith, Maverick and Melody, Ace and Chase, Sage and Summer—I’m sure we could all go on forever.
And celebrities are far from immune to this trend. Let’s take a look at the word names they’ve chosen just in the past year, some of them newly introduced to the baby world.